Sept. 15, 2008

Perlus appointed associate dean of AAP

Barry Perlus, associate professor of art, has been named associate dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP), effective Aug. 25.

"With over 24 years at AAP and in the art department, Barry brings to the position a wealth of experience," said Kent Kleinman, who began at AAP Sept. 1 as the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the college. "I am confident that Barry will provide vision and leadership for furthering the mission of the college. His presence is a superb addition to the college administration."

Perlus has been teaching courses in photography and digital imaging at the undergraduate and graduate levels since 1984. In addition to visual projects in Ithaca, Perlus has completed work in India and Nepal. He is currently producing a multimedia project about the astronomical observatories built in India in the early 1700s. The project is supported in part through a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts.

"The range of talents and pedagogical interests of the faculty, students and staff in the college has always impressed me," Perlus said. "Now, as associate dean, I welcome the opportunity to work creatively across disciplines to advance AAP's research and academic activities, and I look forward to working to evolve the college's role within Cornell and beyond."

Perlus has a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, an M.F.A. from Ohio University and has studied with photographer Minor White.

Kleinman also thanked professor of architecture Werner Goehner for his leadership as associate dean during Stan Taft's time as interim dean.

Aaron Goldweber is director of communications for the College of Architecture, Art and Planning.